The New Year is a perfect time to strive for improvement, goal-setting, and embracing the new chapter with an open heart and arms. Despite having the right intentions for the new year, all too often we make the mistake of focusing on the wrong resolutions for the year.
Many of us will make the resolution to lose weight, but solely focusing on a number on a scale is not necessarily beneficial or a good indicator of our health. Concentrating on body image fears like pant size makes us ignore other aspects of a healthy lifestyle.
Of course, if losing weight is important to your physical health as explained by a doctor, then a plan for healthy weight loss should be outlined by a doctor or registered dietitian and followed. But if you are searching for a way to prioritize your health, opt to forego the typical I-want-to-lose-20-pounds goal and make these resolutions instead:
- Get more sleep
- Complain less
- Start meditating
- Drink more water
- Practice gratitude
- Volunteer on a regular basis
- Read one book a month
- Learn something new each day
- Go for walks
- Be kinder to others
- Try new activities outside your comfort zone
- Cut back on social media time
- Let go of things out of your control
- Discuss your feelings
- Cook more meals at home
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Live more in the moment
- Don't make any assumptions
- Learn a new skill or hobby
- Be kinder to yourself
Devin Brittain is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in the state of Louisiana. Born and raised in California, Devin obtained her Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in Dietetics and Food Administration from California State University, Fresno. She then moved to Louisiana and completed her Dietetic Internship at Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Devin is currently the Outpatient Dietitian for the Cancer Center at West Jefferson Medical Center where she assists patients and teaches healthy cooking classes. She is serving on the board for the New Orleans Dietetic Association where she strongly advocates for the dietetic profession and the health of her community. In her free time, Devin enjoys attending festivals, reading, developing recipes, dancing, and cheering on the Saints! She is passionate about utilizing her food and nutrition knowledge to benefit others and believes in finding innovative ways to encourage a healthy lifestyle that works for each individual.